Did you know?
Bread dates back to the New Stone Age in one form or another, and has remained one of the main forms of food for man throughout the centuries.
Throughout much of history a person’s social status could be seen by the colour of the bread they ate. The darker the loaf, the lower the social status. This was because whiter flours were more expensive as they were difficult to mill. Today we see a reversal of this trend as darker bread is recommended for it's nutritional value.
Today bread has a prominent place in the market, in our cupboards and even in our language. The word ‘bread’ is used as slang for money and when we say ‘our bread and butter’ it implies some aspect of our work bringing in the money.
Bread is probably the one food that is eaten by people of every race, culture and religion.
Breaking bread is the universal sign of peace.
99% of households in the UK buy bread - we buy 12 million loaves of bread each day.
White bread accounts for 70% of the bread we eat. There are three basic types of bread; white, brown and wholemeal – but more than 200 varieties are available in the UK.
In the UK an average of 200 sandwiches per person are eaten every year.
Chicken is the No.1 most commercial popular sandwich filling.
Cold meat is the favourite sandwich filling for home-made sandwiches followed closely by hard cheese.
The longest loaf of bread ever baked was 9,200 metres long, that is 30,184 feet. It was produced by a baker in Acapulco, Mexico in 1996.
Otto Frederick Rohwedder invented the first slice-and-wrap bread machine in 1928. By 1933 80% of bread sold in the USA was sliced and wrapped, hence the phrase ‘the best thing since sliced bread’ was started.
Sliced bread was introduced in the UK in the mid 1930’s.
A piece of bread, lump of coal and a silver coin should be left outside your door at midnight on New Year’s Eve, to bring you good luck for the coming year.